After setting the tone with releases of top-notch groovers from the likes of Sidney Charles, Yaya, and PIV’s head Prunk, the ever-popular Key Records has been in terrific shape lately and looks to keep it with its latest digital effort.
Born in 2020 and established in 2021, Key Records plants its root in the fertile Uruguayan land. In fact, the recently-born label is linked to the homonymous Key Producciones event brand, which recently has welcomed heavyweights from the likes of Apollonia, Ricardo Villalobos, and Loco Dice, just to name a few. They’re also about to throw their very first Key Festival in just a few days, and they’re doing it in style with a very special trident as they invite ANOTR, Archie Hamilton, and Cuartero, joined by residents Agustin Clark and Seba Rodriguez.
Now back to the music, as Key’s 14th release comes from another label “key” element, Mateo Dufour, who this time joins forces with rising Argentinian talent Cosenza for the entitled “Space Runner” EP. The result is a massive, bold, four-tracker EP made of three rousing originals and a remix from man of the moment Archie Hamilton.
Kicking off with “Space Runner”, the track offers fast skipping spacey elements, as up&down synths, full-bodied bassline, splashes of acid, and simple but effective groove patterns chase each other in a truly dancefloor stomper. On his remix, the FUSE regular and Moscow records head honcho decides to keep the tiny acid gurgling from the original and proceeds to increase the energy even more. This is possible thanks to the appearance of some light arpeggios, shiny rides, and driving synths, raising the bar even more on the mayhem breakbeat break that culminates into a peak-time dancefloor killer.
Moving on, “Data Move” features more bouncy vibes, as a fluid, slippery bassline meets crazy processed vocals, fat open hats, and rhythmic congas, whose later blend with noisy cowbells on another hi-octane drop.
Last but not least, “Missed Call” (as you can hear from the ring that sometimes will pop into your ears) closes the EP in a more retro-house fashion. This one is ruled by a catchy electric piano jingle that really populates the track by itself. To keep it company, a female vocal keeps repeating “move your body”. As if there was any need…
Words by Francesco Queti